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i am having all kinds of trouble...this is my first attempt at overclocking and i have read lots of things and everyone's instructions seem to be different. i was wondering if anyone has any experience overclocking these two paired up? if so...is there anyway i can get some step by step instruction on how to do it? i have even watched youtube videos and it seems everyones bios is different as well. any help would be greatly appreciated. thank you
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1023100/official-gigabyte-ga-990fxa-series-owners-thread-club

you should start there. they have alot of info about giga boards there. also this may help:

http://sites.amd.com/us/Documents/AMD_FX_Performance_Tuning_Guide.pdf

main thing is to disable power saving features, this is similar to my bios here:



not sure if that helps, but after that you basically disable turbo core (if you have it) and up the multiplier until unstable (test using IBT AVX on very high and prime95 ill add links below), once unstable up your chips voltage until you are stable.. at all times monitor your temps and keep your chip below its max recommended safe temp. HWinfo64 is probably the best to monitor with:

ibt avx can be found on main page here, its different then regular ibt make sure you get it here its under additional software:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1318995/official-fx-8320-fx-8350-vishera-owners-club

Prime95 (if any workers fail your unstable, you will understand once its working):
http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft/

Always monitor temps keep it safe thumb.gif :
http://www.guru3d.com/files_details/hwinfo64_download.html

any help needed just let us know

Edit:

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final edit:
this may help you out aswell:
http://www.overclock.net/t/525113/phenom-ii-overclocking-guide
Edited by dmfree88 - 8/21/13 at 9:42pm
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be carefully oc ur x4 970 run hot when overclocked
   
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yeah...i am liquid cooled but i still am watching temps very closely. thank you for the welcome and the info...im running test on 4g, so far so good. but ready to up the cpu voltz if not...thanks again
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benchmark.png 509k .png file

would it be possible for you to look at this and see if everything is like it is supposed to be? mostly greek to me...i understand a little of it but probably enough to be dangerous lol. especially the ram portion. thank you
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hope you were not doing both p95 and IBT at the same time tongue.gif that would be difficult tongue.gif.

when you run hwinfo64 you want sensors only when you open it initially, this will show all your voltages/temps.

Do you have more then one stick of ram in? everything seems normal there

When you open prime95 and get to that screen it automatically starts working and puts your computer on a heavy load, if any of them say worker failed or worker stopped before you tell it to, then there is instability and you may need more volts (or less volts, or less LLC or more LLC tongue.gif)

LLC (load line calibration [or control])can be a tricky contributor, not sure if your rev even has it but usually set that to "high" or sometimes higher. Must monitor your voltage levels and offset:
http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/24019-load-line-calibration-why-overclockers-should-care/

Must use sensor monitor to make sure your in safe temperature:
CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), default quality
(use the yellow one NOT the red)

make sure you look up whatever processor you have and find the safe max temp (TJMax).

you can also look up and download OCCT and this can help because it has graph monitoring, you can use it to monitor how well LLC is working. LLC basically boosts your voltage during loads. You dont want to over boost but you also dont want to under-boost either. So you want to find the one that keeps you closest to idle voltage, thats not jolty or unstable usually high, very high or extreme or even sometimes people have issues and it has to be disabled and have to account for LARGE vdroop (which is ok, but sucks to try to get stable). As soon as you turn occt on it loads your pc and you can watch what your voltage does, if it droops significantly up the llc, if it boosts instead try lowering it, but boost is still ok if its minimal, just want to find closest to normal idle voltage during loads that isnt jolty or unstable.

Anyways thats kinda confusing let me know if you need more help figuring it out
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ok, i seem to be having issues with cooling...i am using a AVO S80DP it like an all in one liquid cooling block that sits atop my cpu...is there a way to adjust the fan speed on that thing because it just plays the same tone even under heavy stress. i downloaded and installed amd overdrive to see if i could adjust the fan speeds with that but when i run the program it says it cannot detect an amd cpu on this computer...lol tryin to get this all done before the FFXIV ARR EA launch on saturday...not sure if ill make it
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i know im gonna just drive you crazy and i am sorry. on my motherboard it says Core Boost...i know you said to disable that but in bios i cannot find it anywhere. and yes i did use really good thermo paste when i put my cooler on my cpu...lol i think i read on the topic for like 4 days before i decided which one to get and watched a hundred videos showing how to do it correctly
ok, i have downloaded AMD Chipset Driver (include chipset \ sata raid driver) but am unsure where to put the file that was extracted...the only set.exe file in the folder was for the CCC.
Edited by warthance - 8/22/13 at 3:22pm
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i cant take a picture right now cause im working on my computer at the moment.. You may not have it for your cpu

I think CCC is what you open and it automatically finds which drivers you need. You can choose not to install the catalyst center or whatever i think
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